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Handmade keepsake box featuring a Spalted Maple top, Walnut sides lined with Tiger Maple, and a bottom lined with thick, chocolate Italian leather.

The hallmark of this box is the hand-planed solid Ebony inlay (this is solid chunk of precious Gabon Ebony) which gives the box a modern element. This element alone required a great deal of crafting and skilled use of my hand tools as this fine detail cannot be produced with any power tool. This, in part, is what make my boxes truly one-of-a-kind.

Lots of additional craftsman's touches in this box. First, I lined the interior of the Walnut sides with Tiger Maple... the grain on the inside and the outside flows seamlessly from one side to the next. When the box is opened it's always a lovely surprise to see a different species than what's on the exterior... it's a lot of extra work, and not a feature you will commonly find as a result, but I believe in putting as much energy into making the interior as special as I do the exterior of the box.

The sides are reinforced with maple miter keys to both add to the strength of the joint as well as add a contrasting element which touches on the light tones in the Maple top.

Speaking of the top, this is a gorgeous piece of both figured and spalted maple (which is not an easy combination to find) that only mother nature could create. While this was spalting, the worms had a bite here and there. I've solidified these areas (95% of which are on the inside of the lid) with an ebony epoxy so they blend with the spalting and ebony inlay. Just adds to the natural character of this material.

Finally, from my vast selection of lining materials I found that the this thick Italian leather in chocolate felt just right to pull it all together.

A very unique box full of figure and finished with several coats of a hand-rubbed oil/varnish.

Exterior Dimensions: 12 x 8" x 4.5"
Interior Dimensions: 11.5" x 7" x 3.5"
Depth of Bottom Portion of Box: 2.5"

All my boxes are signed and dated on the bottom.

My work is distinguished by quality (as reflected in my feedback) over quantity. I have limited offerings as each box is the fruit of many hours of labor where my entire focus is on making that box special and getting all the fine details correct.

I generally ship my orders within 24 hours of payment received (and cleared if check/echeck) via USPS Priority Mail.

Frequently asked questions about ArtisticBoxes

I do appreciate the interest in my work, however, I'm currently not accepting commissioned work in order to explore new creative directions so that I can continue to bring my customers unique, one-of-a-kind offerings.
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Reserved - Upscale Designer Wooden Keepsake Box. Inlayed Handplaned Ebony Texture. A Perfect Fathers Day Gift.


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: ebony, maple, spalted maple, tiger maple, leather, chocolate leather, italian leather
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 123 reviews
  • Favorited by: 20 people